The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is addressing dining policies in the COVID-19 era for residents at the Veterans Home in Manteno. The response comes following concerns by workers and residents towards the communal dining experience at the Veterans Home.
Evan Fazio, Public Information Officer with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, said on Saturday each wing at the facility currently dines separately while individuals are spaced out.
“The home continues to follow the latest medical guidance for congregant care settings with implementation assistance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. At Manteno, that means each wing dines separately and individuals are spaced out so that staff can have clear lines of sight for any potential pulmonary aspiration or airway obstructions during dining. The dining areas are then cleaned thoroughly before the process is repeated with the next residential wing,” Fazio said in a statement this weekend.
Two cases of COVID-19 have been connected to the Manteno Veterans Home organization in the past month. Manteno Veterans Home announced a case of COVID-19 among its employees working at the Veterans Home on April 11th. On April 6th it was announced an employee working at the Prince Home, a unit that supports Manteno Veterans Home had tested positive for the Virus.
“Because of team IDVA’s diligence and protective measures, there have been no further cases to date at the Illinois Veteran’s Home at Manteno,” Fazio said.
No cases of COVID-19 have been reported to date at the Manteno Veterans Home among it’s residents.